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The SpaceX Falcon 9 lifting off Cape Canaveral  in December  2015 – it carried 11 satellites owned by Orbcomm, a New Jersey-based  company. Photograph: Reuters

In October, we will celebrate 60 years of space technology. On October 4th 1957 the Soviet Union launched the world’s first satellite, Sputnik-1. Th(...)

An  Epsilon rocket blasts off from the launching pad at the Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki town, Kagoshima prefecture. Japan’s first new rocket in 12 years lifted off  after two setbacks last month, keeping alive hopes that the country may eventually be able to enter the growing, multi-billion dollar satellite launch industry.  Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters
Japan launches low-cost rocket

Japan’s first new rocket in 12 years lifted off today, after two setbacks last month, keeping alive hopes that the country may eventually be able to e(...)